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Springfield attorney: Drug searches can resume

Springfield attorney: Drug searches can resume

October 21st, 2013 in News

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - An attorney for the Springfield school board says drug dog searches can resume after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a legal challenge.

The Springfield News-Leader (http://is.gd/6hn7jN ) reports that although attorney Ransom Ellis III says the process has been found to be constitutional, the district hasn't yet said whether searches will resume.

The litigation began after a drug dog visited a Central High School classroom in April 2010. No drugs were found. But a 2013 graduate alleged his Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure were violated.

A U.S. District judge dismissed the case in January 2012 after finding in favor of the Springfield school district and Greene County sheriff's Office "on all counts." An 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel later upheld the decision.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com